Manchester City just can’t catch a break. Right when they were set to face a must-win matchup vs. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, they received the worst news everybody could think of.
So, after Ederon was forced to being substituted during their UEFA Champions League game vs. Atalanta, Pep Guardiola has now confirmed that he won’t be able to suit up for Sunday’s match.
Claudio Bravo will be the team’s starting goalkeeper instead, with Guardiola having the Chilean’s back despite the lack of playing time he’s given him over the years.
Naturally, the press inquired about Bravo’s ability to perform at the highest of levels on Sunday, so the Spanish boss was pretty emphatic with his response:
“Ederson is not able to play. I don’t know how long he will be out for. Sunday, he cannot play. We have another top keeper. Claudio Bravo can do it, too. We won the Carabao Cup thanks to Claudio. He’s an exceptional keeper. Why should I doubt any player in my team? Why do you ask these questions? You have to respect this guy, he has won trophies and the Copa America. In his first season, the team was not at the top level,” a clearly upset Guardiola told the press, as quoted by DIRECTV Sports.
The Chilean keeper lost his starting job at Manchester City long ago following several subpar performances and he didn’t play a single minute of their English Premier League title run last year.
Moreover, he was sent off last week vs. Atalanta for a foul on Josip Ilicic, so there’s more than a few reasons to doubt his ability to contain Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mo Salah this weekend.
However, Guardiola and the Citizens are pretty much stuck with Bravo at this point, so they’ll have to hope for a miracle if they don’t want to be left behind in the race for back-to-back EPL titles.